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  • #65706
    Allan Burgess
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    Hi Paul, yes you can catch fish on the beaches you mention over winter. However, there will be a bigger range of fish caught during the summertime. I have caught elephantfish in mid-winter near Haast on the South Island’s West Coast.

    #63526
    Allan Burgess
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    Hauls lower than usual, some South Canterbury whitebaiters say

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    South Canterbury whitebaiters have cited a relative lack of rain as the reason behind what they say was a slow season in the region.

    The season, which runs from August 15 to November 30, could be the last under present regulations, as the Department of Conservation (DOC) hopes to begin consultation soon on proposed solutions for ensuring the sustainability of the whitebait fishery.

    While several whitebaiters who spoke to Stuff said the numbers were not as good as some years, South Canterbury woman Eve Akurangi has reported a good season catching up to 100 pound (about 45kg).

    Read the full story by Matthew Littlewood, dated 2 December 2019, on Stuff.co.nz

    #63476
    Allan Burgess
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    Hook, line, and sinker: Our fishing hobby that’s bigger than rugby

    On Port Taranaki’s lee breakwater fibre technician Jake Macapagal’s​ two sons, Kiel​ and Migiel​, are excitedly dangling lines into the water to catch mackerel.

    On a grey, windy Saturday morning the New Plymouth fishing spot can be a bleak place to hang out.

    “They woke me up early this morning and said ‘Daddy, we want to go fishing’,” Macapagal says.

    “We all like coming down here because there’s no stress.”

    It should be no surprise that fishing is a popular pastime in an island nation such as New Zealand with 15,000km of coastline.

    Read the full story by Mike Watson, 8 January 20120, at Stuff.co.nz

    #59875
    Allan Burgess
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    There was a 19lb salmon caught in the Hurunui River surf last week, and a couple at the mouth of the Rangitata River. However, numbers of salmon being landed are very low so far. It is very much a case of being there at the right moment.

    #59827
    Allan Burgess
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    #59826
    Allan Burgess
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    Whopper salmon an anomaly in poor season to date
    A Dunedin salmon angler has been left scratching his head after he caught a 6.8kg salmon in Otago Harbour, despite salmon fishing conditions being “poor” this year. See John Lewis article on Otago Daily Times website dated 5 January 2019.

    #59823
    Allan Burgess
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    Blue and Yellow Lady Rabbit
    As mentioned earlier yellow is a standout colour is discoloured water. Here a blue hackle collar and blue hackle tail whisks have been added for contrast.

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    #59821
    Allan Burgess
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    Yellow Crusader with Green Estaz Body
    Not something you see every day. This Yellow Crusader is one of the gaudiest salmon flies of all. These predominately yellow flies standout well in discoloured water that is clearing following a fresh through the river. The most important thing when the river is carrying a bit of colour is to get the salmon’s attention and cause it to lash-out.

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    #59819
    Allan Burgess
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    Yellow Ice Rabbit
    Many New Zealand salmon flies (or feathered lures) use rabbit pelt instead of hackle feathers. Dyed rabbit pelt is inexpensive and readily available and is easier to tie than a feathered version. The Yellow Ice Rabbit salmon fly uses natural rabbit pelt and gets the yellow colouring from a yellow hackle collar and yellow Estaz body. Stripes of Mylar along the sides for added flash are always good on these gaudy salmon flies. Note also that on all of these salmon flies painted eyes have been added for extra realism.

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    #59816
    Allan Burgess
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    Waitaki Warrior
    Another salmon fly from Tight Lines. The name alludes of course to the Waitaki River. A river once noted for carrying the largest salmon in New Zealand.

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    #59815
    Allan Burgess
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    Prospects for the 2018 – 2019 Season (date 5 January 2019)

    By any measure, things are not looking good on the salmon front so far this season. There is just the odd salmon being caught here and there. It is now 5 January 2019 and as far as I am aware there have only been about half a dozen salmon caught in Canterbury all season.

    In the North Canterbury Fish and Game E-mail Newsletter dated 3 January Dirk Barr says salmon have been caught in most rivers over the past week, and there are some pretty nice fish amongst them too. The biggest seems to be weighing in around 18 pounds. Dirk being a Fish & Game ranger is in a good position to know this.

    We’ve had a lot of rain in the headwaters of the major Canterbury rivers since November which has kept the rivers high and discoloured making it difficult to gauge how many salmon may be in the river systems. We have not seen the fish caught prior to Christmas we did the previous year. The salmon that have been caught have been taken upriver.

    In past years, even when there were large numbers of big salmon still returning to Canterbury rivers, constant freshes would make it difficult to get a good shot at them. So there is nothing unusual happening in that regard.

    According to NZ King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne in 2015. “King salmon cannot regulate their body temperature. They function best when water temperatures are between 12C and 17C.” king salmon is another name for the Chinook or Quinnat salmon that we have here in Canterbury. Surface seawater temperatures along the Canterbury coast are already at or exceeding the top of this range. This causes salmon to become stressed.

    Predicting salmon runs is notoriously difficult. Salmon don’t generally travel upriver in ones and twos. Instead, you tend to get a run of fish. The problem is you don’t know when that run of fish might take place. At present, the shape of the Rakaia River mouth is such that there is very little holding water and a small run of salmon could easily pass through unnoticed. You would expect a few fish to be caught in the surf there but that doesn’t appear to be happening.

    A couple of years back things were looking very grim for the season. It wasn’t until late March and the first week of April that many of the Waimakariri River stalwarts began to catch salmon.

    My advice for all those hoping to catch a salmon this season is to keep an eye on river conditions and get out and cast when you get the chance. There will be salmon caught and you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

    #59813
    Allan Burgess
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    Caught 13 December 2018

    #59787
    Allan Burgess
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    Waimak Wizard and the Won Eye
    Here are another two salmon flies from Tight Lines. The Top one is a Waimak Wizard. The fly below it is a Won Eye. The name Won eye being a play on words related to the Super Rugby champion Canterbury Crusaders and there “one-eyed” fans and supporters. It is the same as the Waimak Wizard with a bright red fluoro red Chenille body instead. These flies also incorporate a little Mylar in the hackle collar. The idea is to goad the salmon into striking the feathered lure. Again both are tied on Kamasan B830 size 2 Classic Long Lure hooks.

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    #59783
    Allan Burgess
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    It is possible to catch a yellowtail kingfish from shore at Taylors Mistake. Live baits under a balloon and poppers are the way to go. Kingfish will quickly come and go chasing baitfish. You just have to be in the right spot at the right time. With the water off Canterbury getting warmer someone i9s going to get one here off the rocks sooner or later. More about Taylors Mistake fishing.

    #59717
    Allan Burgess
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    This is the biggest rig I got last season.

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